Richard Garriott-signed copy of Shroud of the Avatar goes on sale

    
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Have you ever wanted to get your hands on a piece of video game memorabilia that was signed by not only a designer but an author, astronaut, and modest ruler over multiple virtual worlds? This is your day, pal, because Shroud of the Avatar is running a sale on the physical box edition of the game that was signed by none other than Richard Garriott himself.

Normally priced at $139, the signed box copy has been reduced to $89 for a “limited time.” This box also includes the manual, game DVD, runic translation card, ankh trinket, cloth map, Episodes 1 and 2, a “visionary” title, an upcoming exclusive emote, early access to Episode 2, an upcoming unique item, and other vague “rewards and features” to come.

Seeing as how Ultima fans have always prized their physical “feelies,” this seems like it could be pretty popular with Garriott’s current followers.

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Colin Goodwin

Between the Dev drama, the Reddit (which, btw is in flames, mostly complaints and exposing the devs(?) and CM’s or whatever who run the official forum like Nazis) and the Victor Didra guy that is apparently summoned via google alert to come white knight for this game in the comments every time there is a article about it……this is probably been the most entertaining train wreck to watch in the industry lately, besides Bless.

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Michael Mohr

Holy crap man, you weren’t kidding about this Victor Didra guy white knighting the game any and every place it gets mentioned. He’s just a few down from this comment. Good call!

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Victor Didra

So what? I like the game.

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Frank White

Cue the sound of crickets soundtrack….

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ting

Everything Garriott has touched since UO has turned to shit. Unless his astronaut career takes off, I don’t see his signature being worth more than the paper it’s written on.

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mednioz

This guy had an epic opportunity, talent and heart to make Ultima Online Next with SotA. Game from gamers for gamers. Apparently he failed. Since then all he do now is irrelevant.

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Victor Didra

Game Access on sale + Episode 2 Access is $48, so that’s a pretty good amount of extra stuff (cloth map in particular) for the extra $41.

Shroud has come a long way and is getting better every month. All we really need now is more people to play with us, so if you can get past the negative comments, come give it a try! Unique classless combat, the best housing system in MMO’s, team fishing right around the corner, huge amounts of craftable items, awesome community events.

Come join us! There’s a free trial so why not give it a shot?

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cambruin

Aaaaand of course it does.

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Weilan

In the picture he looks so proud, but I don’t understand why.

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Armsbend

They haven’t shut off the electricity yet.

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Hirku

Heh, gotta take pleasure in the little things…

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Armsbend

I would sincerely place a value of $0.00 on that signature.

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Pepperzine

Part of the purpose of getting an autograph is that you think it will increase with value over time. With Richard Garriot this is doubtful to begin with due to his notoriety being limited to a niche. Not only is it being mass produced and distributed, but by discounting the price by $50 they are essentially lowering the current perceived value of the signature of the autographs that were previously purchased.

A $50 discount though is a solid discount if you want the other items (granted they don’t normally cost the discounted price without the autograph). Things they do to support this game always come off as desperate to me. From the telethons to the selling of his blood, it makes me extremely skeptical of their financial viability and in turn the longevity of the game.

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Songs for Children

The more they focus on baubles and trinkets and Garriott’s celebrity, and the less they focus on the actual game, the clearer it becomes that they’re polishing a turd in an effort to grab even more cash.

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Victor Didra

This is a legitimate and solid game at this point, “Cash Grab” narratives are dishonest.

We get a major update every month. Selling a boxed signed set to keep that happening isn’t focusing on baubles and trinkets, it is staying in business so they can keep delivering a quality product.

Player made dungeons are now online in an early form, as of this month we can fight and tame Wyverns, loot has been majorly improved, a massive fishing update is coming next month, we’ve had huge quality of life improvements in the last few months, things are looking good.

For anyone interested in what is ACTUALLY happening, take a look at the last 3 months of release notes. It will show you that a huge amount of work is going on and the game is being improved constantly:

Release 58

Release 57

Release 56

That’s a huge amount of stuff, and bear in mind, that is only THREE MONTHS! This game is supported, improving, and obviously not just a cash grab. We have now gotten 58 months of solid release in a row from these developers. We’re closing in on 5 years straight of hard work.

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packagegrope

amount of work put in does not equate to fun factor. you can spend forever working on a game that’s shitty and no fun, and that’s exactly what’s going on here. the performance is trash, the content is flat, the world being broken up into a ton of instances is clunky and awkward, and the game is heavily driven content wise by what they can sell in their cash shop.

no amount of autographs is going to make this worth playing.

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Victor Didra

I disagree, packagegrope.

I have fun, my guildmates have fun, my friends have fun, and random people coming through town that I meet (mostly) have fun. There is the occasional person that doesn’t like it, and more often people who are lost.

No game is going to be for everyone, but this one has a lot to offer a diverse set of people, and actually hits a lot of the points that MMO players have been asking for for some time.

Classless combat (which is very deep, something a lot of people miss if they just get in for a few hours and think the locked combat bar is the end of it), tons of recipes for the crafters, chill mines for the miners/gatherer type, a sandbox for us to make our own places and events, a diverse set of crops to grow, and now a dungeon building system.

There is a huge number of fun things to do in this game, and believe it or not, people enjoy it.

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Scott McCulloch

I seriously doubt anyone thinks Garriott’s autograph is some kind of investment. Its appeal is to people who love his games, simple as that.

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packagegrope

you don’t need any of those things to be skeptical about the longevity of the game. just log in and try to play this “game,” that should be more than enough.

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Weilan

Sounds to me that he has delusions of grandeur and thinks someone wants his blood or autograph.

He may have made Ultima Online and it may have been revolutionary for its time, but now it’s just a relic and Shroud of the Avatar is a failed attempt to stay relevant.